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Army Sgt. 1st Class Miguel A. Wilson

Died November 21, 2008 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

36, of Bonham, Texas; assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; died Nov. 21 in Abu Sayf, Iraq, of injuries sustained during a rescue attempt of another soldier while their unit was conducting a dismounted reconnaissance mission.

Soldier died saving comrade from drowning

The Associated Press

When Miguel Anthony Wilson saw a fellow soldier drowning, he didn’t hesitate. He jumped into the water even though he was wearing heavy gear.

“Later on we found out he did save him,” said his mother, Wanda Wilson. “He just dived in and saved his fellow soldier and the weight of that backpack kept him under and then the current, they said, was strong and he drowned.”

Wilson, 36, of Bonham, Texas, died Nov. 21 in Abu Sayf. He was a 1990 high school graduate and was assigned to Fort Hood.

In high school, he played corner back and running back, stood out in soccer, played a little basketball and also ran track.

He’d been to Hawaii, Spain and Kuwait, to name a few of his stops. And this was his second tour in Iraq. “He said ‘If anything happens to me, know that I died for my country that I love,”’ said his mother.

“If you ever met him, you would never forget him,” said his aunt, Edna Wilson. “He was such a remarkable young man that he didn’t meet strangers.”

He also is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and three children from a previous relationship: Brice, 16, Jenae, 14, and Lexis, 12.

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